Commonwealth Grief

Beyond its accustomed use to designate a federation of states, a commonwealth is also defined as any group of persons united by some common interest. In the face of senseless violence, tragic death, and random injury, as occurred in recent weeks and days especially in London and Manchester, those of us who are helpless bystanders are most certainly part of a commonwealth.

How to Recover from the Death of a Loved One

Recovery best describes our spiritual and emotional healing from grief. Here are some things that to help in how to recover from the death of a loved one.

Grief Understanding

The journey of grief takes us inevitably through “the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4 RSV). We emerge at last from the darkness of grief into the light of new life, our soul restored through the loving care of God’s infinite grace.

The Other Side of Grief

Reconciling our experience of loss and sorrow with the grace of our faith inevitably leads us slowly but surely to the other side of grief.

Restoration

When the careful restoration of our life is at last complete, our grief becomes a precious part of the infrastructure of who we are.

Happiness

As our grief slowly moves beyond the pain of loss and loneliness, often we ask ourselves, “Will I ever be happy again?”

Soaring

When we grieve, somewhere deep within we long to soar again.

Perfect Faithfulness

God is perfect. God is faithful. God’s perfect faithfulness is our one true guide through the valley of the shadow of death.

Grief Recovery

What is it about grief that seems so at odds with the notion of recovery?

Stuck

If we're experiencing a kind of mental, emotional, or spiritual inertia, we may be temporarily stuck in our grief.

Clean Break

When our heartbreak comes from a love that's pure, true, and untarnished, putting the pieces of our life back together is a labor of love, the work of grief that honors the love we shared with the one now lost to us in death.

Relief

It's entirely okay to admit we feel relief when the holidays are past, especially when we're grieving.
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